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Empowering Female Creators!

Supporting JUST’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund

At Silpada, August is Artisan Month! This year, we’re shining a light on female artisans and giving back to female entrepreneurs. We’ve partnered with the JUST organization to support female professionals affected by COVID-19. We’ll be donating 40% of all artisan jewelry sales to JUST’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. Help us reach our 20K fundraising goal—while supporting artisans!

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Who is JUST? 

JUST invests in low-income, female entrepreneurs to create more resilient communities in America. They’re committed to creating more just working environments for underserved women. 

We’ll be donating 40% of all artisan jewelry sales to JUST’s COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Fund. 

Why Silpada x JUST? 

Our partnership with JUST is a perfect fit because we both use our platforms to help women rise. Read stories from some of JUST’s amazing clients below.

Follow @SilpadaDesigns for updates about our fundraising goal and more!

Stories from JUST

Meet Susana

Watch Susana’s story here.

Susana is a fighter. This 41-year-old mother of three was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Her doctor gave her until December to live. To her doctor’s surprise, however, in March, lab test results showed her white cells were regenerating. This was not Susana’s first fight against cancer. Four years ago, she defeated breast cancer, and tells us, “I plan to do it again.” Susana’s biggest dream is watching her youngest daughter, who is 2 years old now, grow into a strong woman.

Susana’s family depends on a small business she started four years ago to help pay for her chemotherapy treatments. She ran a small Mexican-style store from her front porch, where all the neighborhood kids would buy candy and refreshments. On weekends, her store became a restaurant. Because of COVID-19, all of that is now gone. 

Even though her business suffered tremendous losses, Susana didn’t give up. She started an item swap campaign. She put up a tent outside offering everyday essentials to her neighbors, like toilet paper, canned goods, cleaning supplies, etc., in exchange for an item they had in excess. Eventually, Susana’s essential item-swap caught the media’s attention and she was featured as a ‘local game-changer’ on FOX 7 news. (You can see her news feature here.

Watch Susana’s video: here.

Meet Angelica

Angelica is a JUST pioneer who has two nail salons and is planning on opening her third. She used her JUST loans to purchase equipment and complete competitive certifications. Watch her video to listen to her inspiring story.  

Watch Angelica’s video: here.

I know better times will come. I just have to keep working hard

– Judith 

Meet Aylin

“I’m getting a good head start learning from everybody’s experiences.” – Aylin, JUST’s youngest entrepreneur.

At just 19-years-old Aylin Luna is the youngest female entrepreneur at JUST! Aylin discovered her passion for making jewelry and other small crafts during high school. She would spend hours watching tutorials and shortly after, started designing her own statement pieces. 

Her mother, a JUST entrepreneur, inspired her to start a business out of her hobby. This is when Aylin decided to join JUST and get her first business loan. 

“The materials I use are not cheap, so I used my JUST loans to buy everything I needed to start producing more jewelry,” says Aylin. 

Aylin is a proud first-generation immigrant and says, the hardships her parents have faced inspire her to work hard for her dreams. 

“Life has been challenging at times, but my parents always encourage me to keep working for what I want and that is what I’m doing.” 

Being a teenager entrepreneur is not common, but Aylin says she has never felt alone thanks to the outpouring of support she has received from other JUST entrepreneurs. The 19-year-old is the youngest in her group and she doesn’t mind it because “I’m getting a good head start learning from everybody’s experiences.”

When we asked Luna what she would say to other teenagers who dream of one day having a business of their own, she said:

Do it now, there are so many opportunities out there. If you already know what you want to do, why wait?

– Aylin.

Aylin’s biggest dream is to one day grow her business internationally. We can’t wait to see what she does next.

Meet Judith

“I don’t have family here in the US…having a community of female entrepreneurs who have my back during was beautiful.” – Judith.

Judith has a Mexican food catering business and takes care of a senior couple on the side. When the crisis first hit, Judith’s catering business suffered tremendous losses. Then her senior clients let her go after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Shortly after, Judith also fell ill and was bedridden for two weeks. 

Having lost all sources of income, as well as her ability to work, Judith says, “I never felt alone.”

But Judith’s fellow JUST entrepreneurs were by her side, supporting her since the beginning. 

It hurt not being able to hug my children for weeks, but thanks to the emergency loan, I never had to worry about not being able to feed them

– Judith

“I don’t have family here in the US, apart from my kids, so having a community of female entrepreneurs have my back during this difficult time was very beautiful,” she said. 

JUST has granted emergency loans to more than 400 entrepreneurs, who like Judith, were heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

“It hurt not being able to hug my children for weeks, but thanks to the emergency loan, I never had to worry about not being able to feed them,” she said. 

Judith recovered from COVID-19 and found a custodial job at a gym shortly after. Her dream is to one day be a full-time business owner. 

“I want to save enough money to buy a food truck for my catering business. There is always a demand for good food and I know better times will come. I just have to keep working hard,” she said. 

Hear more inspiring stories from JUST’s entrepreneurs here.

Follow Silpada on social (@SilpadaDesigns) for updates about our fundraising goal and more!

Learn more about Artisan Month, our August initiatives, and hear from more female creators.

All About Artisan Month: here.

Our interview with Barbara from Évocateur here.

– Tessa

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